August 1, 2015
Planetary Succession of Influences
by Curtis Burns,

Predictions for August 2015

GdsThe astrological contour of August 2015 is pretty jagged, especially Aug 2, 4, 13, 21, 22, 25, 29, and 31.  Details are below, but the planets are certainly in the mode of “spanking” us for our karmic misdeeds from the past, or at least kicking in the butt to get us moving forward. 

We can sometimes think of the planets as our celestial parents circling all around us dishing out “tough love” when and where needed. But no, these are not just mere parental figures, these are “gods” with names from the various mythic pantheons of our cultures. 

Prodding, pushing, and sometimes acting through us to work out cosmic destiny.  We need the gods, the gods need us. But really it’s all inside.  Mars, Jupiter, and Venus as their mythic archetypal energy plays in the arena of our consciousness; they do not shine of their own light, but they reflect our own native Divine light.  We sometimes (a lot of times actually) think that they decree the course of our lives; but actually the reverse is true.  As divine conscious beings we are masters of the lesser “gods” that populate the cosmos.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Cassius, Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

Mars could certainly be called a bad guy at times, Jupiter as a good guy a lot of times. They both have their positives and negatives. 

But when we start to go further outward, like Saturn, the appellation good guy or bad guy begins to not apply, they transcend petty categorization. Saturn represents time and the all too real outworking of cause and effect in the universe, delivering justice and rewarding competence. 

Uranus shakes things up, but only when Saturn himself has not been able to do the job.

Uranus liberates, but then Neptune comes along picking up where Uranus leaves off and liberates us from the more tenacious hold of the ego, corporeality, and the sense of time and space itself.

Pluto, well he’s a little regressive, the Lord of the Underworld with his vast wealth, hypnotic power and worldly ways, hiding in his kingdom, hiding from the Sun in the sky.

The Sun itself represents that eternally lit selfhood, undying fires whose shining illuminates the world (I AM the light of the world), and whose light is reflected in different wavelengths by different planets circling around it. The Moon, as our closest heavenly body, represents the most potent reflector of solar energies, like our minds reflect in part the shining of our higher divine selves, the closest approximation but not the thing itself. Mercury and Venus circle quickly around the Sun, giving birth to mind and then the appreciation and love of creation itself. 

Moving outward, past our terrestrial horizon, lies Mars.  Not necessarily the bad guy, but he who takes things into action, bringing us to Jupiter, who sees and understands all, creating the rational structure to society and life.  Leading us to Saturn, who, brings the lofty to ultimate realization….

Saturday, Aug 1 Investigation may be intriguing but possibly subject to misinterpretation.  Motives and actions could be suspect, strive for honor in your dealings.  Obsessive or compulsive tendencies may be lit off.  (Sun quincunx Neptune, Mercury biquintile Pluto)

Sunday, Aug 2, Saturn Stationary Direct Saturn starts moving in the “right” direction again.  Opportunity now to start off on the right foot in new directions.  Nevertheless, getting started may be quite the challenge.  Be careful of setbacks and mishaps.  Keep focused on the goals and not the problems.  (Sun biquintile Saturn, Mercury trine Uranus)

Monday, Aug 3 Success is not always easy.  Do not let setback deter your ardent striving.  (Jupiter square Saturn)

Tuesday, Aug 4 The bigger, the better could be today’s theme, which is never necessarily true in practice.  Bold and grandiose gestures can’t cover for a multitude of sins.  Passion may be deep, but will it run long?  Truth is not always accompanied by flashy theatrics or fanfare.  (Jupiter sesquiquadrate Pluto, Venus conjunct Jupiter, sesquiquadrate Pluto) Wednesday, Aug 5 Emotional responses may have to push through heretofore repressed avenues.  Not an “easy” day for love, because love demands more from us than we may particularly desire to give on any day.  The hurt or loneliness felt today may actually stem from our own callousness towards life.  (Venus square Saturn)

Thursday, Aug 6 Situations may come to breakdown or collapse.  Issues, throughts, and discussions may be difficult, but crucially important.  Getting the message out or across may be challenging from different angles, including self-censorship or blockage by others.  Determination however looks to be in great abundance to help bring about constructive and lasting solutions, as well as helping to create positive outlooks.  (Mercury square Saturn, sesquiquadrate Pluto, Sun quincunx Pluto, Mars trine Saturn, Mercury conjunct Venus)

Friday, Aug 7 A brighter atmosphere ushers in hopeful futures, with the excitement of life returning. Be careful about letting excitement over-inflate or somewhat distort issues. (Mercury conjunct Jupiter)

Sat and Sun, Aug 8 and 9 No peaking influences

Monday, Aug 10 Clarity and accurate perception may not be entirely accurate in the midst of things being shaken up to one level or another.  (Mercury sesquiquadrate Uranus)

Tuesday, Aug 11 No peaking influences

Wednesday, Aug 12 Behaviors may emanate from strange or deeply hidden psychological quarters.  Be careful of the use or abuse of power, or the breakdown/collapse of situations.  With every end comes a new beginning.  Striving for accuracy and clarity (conscientiously avoiding bias or prejudice) may yield fantastic new intellectual, moral, or spiritual vistas.  Be wary of self-deceitful or tendencies to be less than honest with self or others. (Mercury opposite Neptune, Sun biquintile Pluto)

Thursday, Aug 13 Hard reality may push certain new directives into action. Deep and intensive attention and actions may be demanded of you or others.  Breakups or breakouts are significantly indicated.  Motives and rationales may not be entirely clear; beware false or insincere affectation.  Physical energy may have a tough time rising to the occasion, therefore only a (self-select) few successfully navigate this day.  Unexpected developments may help during crucial times, opening the way for creative leaps.  (Saturn semisquare Pluto, Mars biquintile Neptune, Sun trine Uranus)

Saturday, Aug 15 The Sun and Venus today straddle the cusp of sidereal Cancer and Leo; the Sun going forward, Venus going backward.  With Mercury trining Pluto today it may all lead to pleasant, if not very interesting relationship situations or developments.

Sunday, Aug 16 Seemingly chaotic moments may actually bring about sudden and paradigm-shifting ideas.  (Mercury biquintile Uranus)

Monday, Aug 17 Tightness of focus and determination are accented; real problem solving.  If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.  (Mercury quintile Saturn) Wednesday, Aug 19 Unusual relationship configurations today may help open you up to new emotional, cultural and creative vistas.  (Venus trine Uranus)

Thursday, Aug 20 New ideas may lurk behind unsettling or incongruous settings.  (Mercury quincunx Uranus)

Friday, Aug 21 Obstacles, delays and other difficulties may set off unexpected reactionary forces.  Be careful of sudden, calamitous situations putting life and limb at risk.  Emotional responses can be very strong.  (Sun square Saturn, Sun sesquiquadrate Pluto, Mars tridecile Uranus, Venus biquintile Pluto)

Saturday, Aug 22 Energy, motivation and actions may come from unusual and/or questionable sources.  The potential for things to go awry is heightened, as well as the tendency to react with over-alarm and anxiety.  (Mars quincunx Neptune, Mercury semisquare Mars)

Sunday, Aug 23 Discussions, analysis and thoughts in general may move along very mysterious and fascinating lines.  Obsessive or compulsive tendencies may be brought out.  Charisma is amplified.  (Mercury tridecile Pluto)

Monday, Aug 24 No peaking influences

Tuesday, Aug 25 Progress may be acutely arduous, getting past thorny situations.  Be careful of bones, joints and muscles, as well as other potential accidents, breakdowns, or mishaps. Intense labor, yoga, weight training is favored.  (Mars tridecile Saturn)

Wednesday, Aug 26 A good combination of exuberant optimism and circumspection may help bring projects under control on a new course.  Be careful too much bravado wastes unnecessary energy that could have been more practically implemented.  (Sun conjunct Jupiter, Mercury sextile Saturn)

Friday, Aug 28 Intolerance towards the status quo could rise, giving rise to breaks from established situations.  Conversations and connections may be numerous, but maybe lacking relevance.  (Sun sesquiquadrate Uranus, Mercury semisquare Venus)

Saturday, Aug 29 Energies today need to be constructively directed or else a lot of karma may be created by all the wrong uses of it.  Keep the conscience, not the subconscious, in control.  Very interesting connections and revelations are possible; good time to see where you are and maybe realign your goals and direction.  (Mars quincunx Pluto, Mercury conjunct Node)

Monday, Aug 31 Self-fulling prophecies.  Be careful of addictive and deceitful tendencies, towards the self and others.  Energy may be at low point, attitudes at the mercy of circumstances.  Keep the fire of hope lit within.  Charity, creativity and spirituality are favored.  (Sun opposite Neptune)


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